Everyone knows that the luxury SUV game is dominated by the Germans. The BMW X-Series, Audi Q-Series and Mercedes-Benz GL-Series of vehicle dominate the SUV sales sheets every year. So getting into that game as a newcomer isn’t easy. Plus, Alfa Romeo has never developed an SUV, so this is uncharted territory for the brand. But that hasn’t stopped it from trying. Welcome, the Alfa Romeo Stelvio.
The Stelvio might be a crossover, but you’d be wrong in assuming that Alfa hasn’t tried its hardest to inject the high-riding family car with its DNA. It has most direct steering ratio in the segment (11.8:1), double wishbone front suspension and patented Alfa-link rear suspension and 50/50 weight distribution. If that wasn’t enough, it also boasts a carbon fiber driveshaft – which is the type of tech typically reserved for six-figure sports and supercars.
The avenue forms a kind of open-air museum and those who use it can see that the Body and Assembly shop processes reuse the same water several times, while the new primer booths in the Paint department are now water-free, having replaced it with dry filters. A rainwater reservoir is also under construction. The water collected will be treated by natural methods (phyto-purification using special plants) and then used in the industrial process.
If you don’t like the idea of an SUV, let alone an Alfa Romeo SUV, the chances are you won’t warm to the Stelvio. A lot of people felt that way about the Jaguar F Pace, but look how well that has done for the British-based car maker. If the Stelvio can do the same for Alfa, perhaps then the Italian company can set about creating the Porsche 911 rival we all want it to make.